Computer programming - what changed since 2000?

Posted on Monday, Jan 13 2020 @ 12:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In a blog post on Medium, former Microsoft Windows Core OS division engineer Sedat Kapanoglu takes a look at how computer programming evolved over the last twenty years.

Here are some interesting ones:
  • Adobe Flash, which was the only way to provide some smooth interaction on the web, no longer exists, thankfully. Now we have to develop on three different platforms with entirely different programming models in order to provide the same level of interaction.

  • We don’t use IRC for communication anymore. We prefer a bloated version called Slack because we just didn’t want to type in a server address.

  • Since we have much faster CPUs now, numerical calculations are done in Python which is much slower than Fortran. So numerical calculations basically take the same amount of time as they did 20 years ago.

  • Storing passwords in plaintext is now frowned upon, but we do it anyway.

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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